Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Josiah Drums.

Josiah loves this particular song by Chris Tomlin. It’s called Our God and he always has the same reaction. DRUMMING.


Mac Powell Says Hello

A couple of weeks ago a few of us from New Vintage Church had dinner with Mac and Aimee Powell while we were in Atlanta, Ga. He wanted to send our church a quick hello…

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Mohawks and Mullets

Logged into Facebook and saw this…
Steve Didier Hays Ever heard of speed dating ? This is speed songwriting ! Wrote, recorded and made a video of this song in 2 1/2 hours. Dont know what I’ll do with it but sometimes making music is just about having fun.”

Steve in our Production Team Coordinator for New Vintage Church. If you need someone to write you a parody song…I think I have your man.

Blog Tours

I’ve had the honor of being involved in two book blog tours. A book blog tour is a marketing campaign to get the word out about a new book. Here’s how it works: 1. a blogger is recruited, 2. they send the blogger the book and 3. the blogger then reads and blogs about it.

Here are my two previous blog tour posts

  1. Shift
  2. Scouting the Divine

I have two books tours coming soon. The first is Mark Foreman’s book, Wholly Jesus: His surprising approach to wholeness. And the second is Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Carey Nieuwhof and Reggie Joiner.

If you are about to debut an album, single, book, movie or anything…I’d like to be considered for your blog tour. Just let me know.

Conference Chat with Todd Fields

Yesterday I had the opportunity to join in on a conference chat with Todd Fields. Here are some notes I took during the chat…

North Point Values for their Worship Leaders:

Servant Leadership
Preparedness (in your heart and musically)

  • People are ready to engage in singing after they’ve had fun.
  • The minute you can get someone to smile, tap their toe or laugh…you’ve got buy in.
  • Question for Openers — Is this going to be engaging? it doesn’t have to be secular or christian music.
  • Try to “shrink the gap” between the people and the stage
  • authenticity and humility are important
  • take a close look at the songs in the worship set – does song #2 or 3 hit me EMOTIONALLY
  • Write down how you connect and create a transition – tell a few seconds of your story in the intro
  • There is no magic in just singing songs
  • We WANT our environment to have EMOTION because when our hearts are stirred, it challenges and changes us

How do you transition from a GIG to the VISION?

  • A worship leader will buy into the vision when we buy into them.
  • Most of these worship leaders need pastoring way more than a pay check
  • They want to have input, they want to feel a part of the team

How does NP support their worship leaders?

  • Once a quarter, leadership (day) retreat at the church 10am-3pm
  • Connect socially, have fun and bring in a speaker to talk about one of the values
  • It pays to invest in their lives and pastor them

What does a rehearsal look like?

  • Wed night
  • Dinner together 7pm
  • Ask someone to tell their story (do something “spiritual”)
  • Go through the songs Songs

There are a lot of songs that we may be personally moved by, but at the end of the day the WIN is for the set to be the best it can be…not for my songs to be played all the time

Ask God to move people emotionally and ask Him to open their eyes to His greatness

We add 1 new song a month – with heavy repetition

What is the criteria for new songs?

  • Must be catchy, singable, and great
  • A common mistake – so many songs in a worship rotation that the people get left in the dust – we need to repeat things enough for people to know them
  • People like repetition, they like simple and they like singable
  • If you pick a great set, you can do it regularly and people will love it.

I haven’t thought through all of these notes yet and they may not make perfect sense to you, but I just wanted to throw that out there for you to digest with me. What do you think?

The Rock and Worship Roadshow

Here’s random clips I pulled from all the video I took at the Rock and Worship Roadshow in Sacramento on Good Friday. Enjoy.

MercyMe @ Arco Arena

MercyMe was better than I remember them at the Rock and Worship Roadshow on Good Friday in Sacramento, Cali. Here’s their opener.